An offer in principle of a riverside building has been received by two voluntary organisations that have collaborated in their efforts to find a shared permanent base. The new premises will be shared by ourselves in The Haven Hub CLG and Limerick Land Search Team.
Haven Hub Volunteers
The new premises will give a space for vulnerable people in crisis to be supported in their lowest moments and in their journey to wellness. It will also allow for the storage of vital lifesaving equipment that is currently being kept in vehicles. Dedicated rooms will allow for training of volunteers to be carried out again face to face, for proper debriefing before and after searches and interventions. Training will also be provided to the public in wellness recovery, emotion regulation, distress tolerance skills, Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Prevention Training.
It will also give a space for families of missing people to be supported by trained volunteers in a comfortable, calm setting, rather than gathering on the side of the river during operations. The message of hope will be reflected in the plans for the décor of the building to incorporate information on all local support services that may assist a person developing a mental health condition up to and including crisis.
Limerick Land Search Team
The building is extensively fire damaged and we are asking the public to help us with raising funds to bring the building to operational use. We have a number of fundraising initiatives open at the moment. First of all we have a fundraising night of entertainment at Fitzgerald's Bar in Thomondgate on the 19th August (Friday night), from 6pm. Acts on the night include Steve Spade, Rob & Rodigo, Kilkenny Mel, Sylvia Cregan & Greg Ryan. Karaoke will be compéred by Victor while our MC on the night will be Leon Andersen. Tickets cost €10 on the door or can be obtained by reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As well as this we have also started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for the construction works. We estimate that the works will cost considerably more than the amount we have targeted for this initial phase of the project. Click the button above to donate or click here to visit the GoFundMe campaign. Please SHARE the campaign if you would be so kind.
We would also love to engage the construction community to work with us to donate materials and/or labour to bring the project to fruition. If you are involved in any of the following, we would love to hear from you.
We are truly thankful to the Limerick City & County Council for extending this offer and to you our community for trusting us with the service that we provide. Without your support, we would not be able to keep doing what we do. We truly believe that this project will make a huge difference to the community. We are honoured to represent our community like this and we hope that you will join us in making this project a reality.